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The downside is, of course, the cost-differential of staying at campgrounds or motels etc. This is the sweet spot I'm trying to find ... literally might even be worth what I mentioned before about literally going into "The woods" and pitching a tent.The locale you choose to be in will have a large effect on all of this. There are areas where the motels are generally dirt cheap. There are areas where camping for free in plain sight is easy. There are areas that offer very cheap camping in great state parks.
I gave up cycling shoes when they got wet and stayed wet. Switched to bicycling sandals with clipless cleats. Only footwear.
Good, but I think by the time you start yelling and whistling, the angry dog will have already done his job (biting).The risk of bites is grossly over rated IMO. I have ridden hundreds of thousands of miles, many of them back in the 60's when dogs mostly roamed free where I lived. I was chased on pretty much every ride. In well over 50 years of riding I have never been bitten by any of the hundreds of dogs that have chased me. Since I have been touring I can recall very few dogs that I thought wanted anything more than a good chase.
In September I'll be riding the PCR from San Francisco, south to the border, and have found that many of the campgrounds marked on the Adventure Cycling maps don't have bike/hike sites (I just presumed if they were marked they would).
But even with a 99-pound limit, it might still be advisable to pack your gear separately. That's because the TSA will almost certainly open your bike box to inspect it (since it doesn't fit in the scanner). When I pack only the bike and nothing else in the box, the TSA can inspect it without pulling the bike out of the box. They just open the top and look in.
Just curious! How much did your bike and box weigh. My surly is pushing 50# and will be getting ready to head to San Diego to start Southern Tier in September. Looking for options to get it and my gear to there from Iowa.Be careful, going over 50 lbs may be a show stopper. Is that with just the bike in the box? It must be a very heavy bike and/or box. Worst case put the saddle, pedals, and whatever in another box. Taking some gear as a carry on might help as well.
Depending on where you want to go in Seattle you can continue to the end of the Northern Tier in Anacortes. Then use the Pacific Coast Route to go south. In Bremerton there is a spur to reach the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. You can take the ferry across which brings you into downtown Seattle.
A smartphone cannot [yet] replace the need for dedicated GPS device but it puts everything in one place and I always have it with me.Really? I'd be curious what needed functions a dedicated GPS has that a smart phone can't provide. I never considered any form of GPS a necessity, but smartphones seem to supply the functions I want in a GPS. I own a handheld GPS and typically leave it home when bike touring and when backpacking.